Burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion resulting from chronic work-related stress. It usually occurs in 12 stages.

Honeymoon Phase

Initial enthusiasm and high motivation for a new endeavor.

Initial Stress

A growing workload and responsibilities leading to increased pressure and stress.

Persistent Stress

Escalating stress levels, despite attempts to cope.

Frustration And Energy Depletion

Feelings of frustration, irritability, and diminished energy, making daily tasks challenging.

Cynicism And Detachment

Developing a cynical attitude toward work and colleagues, emotionally distancing oneself from tasks and relationships.

Reduced Personal Accomplishment

A declining sense of personal effectiveness and accomplishment, leading to self-doubt.

Chronic Physical Symptoms

Physical issues like headaches, sleep problems, and gastrointestinal disturbances become more common.

Increased Absenteeism

Frequent absences due to health problems and emotional exhaustion.


Withdrawing from social interactions and colleagues, often limiting communication with friends and family.

Loss Of Control

Feeling helpless and unable to influence one's work situation, trapped in an unmanageable circumstance.

Emotional Exhaustion

An overwhelming sense of emotional fatigue and depletion, accompanied by deep sadness and despair.

De-personalization And Burnout Syndrome

Developing a detached, negative, and callous attitude toward work, clients, or responsibilities, leading to full-blown burnout syndrome with severe physical and mental health consequences.

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